“Google yesterday advanced its 64-bit Chrome browser to beta status, and told owners of the very earliest Intel-based Macs that they would soon be left behind,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“Google trumpeted the 64-bit Chrome for Mac as faster to start, less of a memory hog and more secure,” Keizer reports. “Chrome has long had a voracious memory appetite, in part because of its design, which runs each tab as a separate process. That feature allows Chrome to continue running even when individual tabs crash.”
“Unlike with Chrome for Windows, the Mac browser will not be maintained in separate 32- and 64-bit versions: People running the beta will automatically be updated to the latter. And when Chrome 38 reaches Release status, the 32-bit Chrome will be retired,” Keizer reports. “Macs sold by Apple from January 2006 to August 2007 at the latest will not be able to run the 64-bit Chrome.”
Much more in the full article here.